Last night, at a ceremony in Glasgow, the winners of the RFS Media Awards were revealed.

This year, entries were judged by representatives from the UN Refugee Agency, the National Union of Journalists Scotland, Scottish Refugee Council and community groups. The winners and runner-ups showcased powerful storytelling, responsible journalism, and provided a platform for the voices of people seeking protection in Scotland.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the awards, every person who shared their story and every journalist who help to amplify the voices of people in the refugee community.

The winners are… 



Jamie Smith – Ore’s Story: how an LGBTQ+ refugee fled Nigeria to make Scotland home –


Jack Howse – Support When You Need It Most – Greater Govanhill



Winner: Annabel MacLennan, Maureen Macleod, Darren Laing, Iona MacRitchie – Eorpa – Afghanistan to Lewis – BBC Alba

Runner-up: Rowan Charleson, Ellen Francis, Kath Pick – Zimbabwean Rapper Finds Her Musical Identity in Glasgow – BBC Scotland



Winner: Tony Kearney – Interview with Hassan Nazer – BBC Radio Scotland

Runner-up: Ibrahim, Fatma, Juliette, Ahmad, Annamaria, Grace, John, Sadie, Beth and Marzanna – – Voices for Change – UNESCO RILA



Winner: Nicola Kelly – Glasgow’s newly-granted refugees turned out on to freezing streets to clear Rishi Sunak’s asylum backlog – Byline Times

Joint runners-up:

James Walker – Two Palestinians died waiting for Home Office to waive ‘cruel’ fingerprint rule – The Sunday National

Karin Goodwin – Home office bedroom sharing policy for asylum seekers sparks safety concerns – The Ferret


Local News:


Cara Blackhall – Mum arrives in Edinburgh after escape from homeland while six months pregnant – Edinburgh Live


Val Sweeney – Displaced Ukrainians in Inverness face another Christmas away from their war-torn homeland – Highland News & Media


The awards are part of Refugee Festival Scotland, which runs from the 14th till the 23rd June. Find out what’s on in your area.

Gilly Furmage
Author: Gilly Furmage